Scafell Pike - The Hard Way

Scafell Pike the hard way.  Guided walk.

Scafell Pike - The Hard Way, Lake District

Saturday 9 October 2021.  With Cath Lee.

Now fully booked


Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and for most people, climbing it on its own is enough of a challenge.  On our guided walk however you'll summit four other mountains before you get there!  This is a really challenging walk and a good level of fitness is therefore required, as well as previous mountain walking experience.  You'll be joining a small group of no more than five people in total, plus your guide.   


Starting from the beautiful valley of Langdale, we'll first walk up the mountain path to the summit of Bow Fell.  If it's a clear day we'll be able to enjoy stunning views of Langdale and the surrounding mountains.  Our next summit is Esk Pike and then Great End, followed by Ill Crag and Broad Crag.  Finally after a steep descent off Broad crag, we'll take the steep path up the the summit of Scafell Pike. 


On our return, we initially re-trace our steps over Broad Crag and Ill Crag.   We then take a different path passing by Angle Tarn and descending back down into Langdale.   


The distance is just under 12 miles/19km but involves a massive 1,450 metres of ascent/descent.  Paths are rough and stony in places with some steep sections of loose stones, and some boulder fields to cross.  It can be wet and boggy in other places.  You therefore need to fit enough, and confident to walk at a reasonable pace over that type of terrain.   


The cost to join this guided walk is £40 per person.  Please book and pay below.  You are booking with Cath Lee who will lead the walk on the day.

Scafell Pike - The Hard Way. With Cath Lee


  • Fully booked

Meeting Place and Time

We meet at 8:30am to be ready to set off at 8:45am from the National Trust car park at Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the western end of Langdale. The post code is LA22 9JY, but that covers a wide area, so a sat nav might not take you to exactly the right place.  The car park is a pay & display (free to National Trust members).


Further Information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks
PWA General Information - Trek Training
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If you need accommodation locally, the villages of Chapel Stile or Elterwater are nearby.  A little further away is the town of Ambleside which has a good choice of all types of accommodation.